The Arkansas Medicaid expansion saga will continue into Friday.
The Senate voted 27-8 Thursday to approve reauthorization of funding for the state’s “private option,” which uses the federal funds for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act to purchase private plans for low-income individuals on the exchange.
The House then failed for the third time this week to pass the bill. The 72-25 vote fell three votes short of the required supermajority to pass spending bills in the Arkansas legislature.
Had the House passed the bill, another vote would still be necessary Friday, because the legislation in the House and Senate were separate—albeit identical—bills. Both chambers must pass the same bill for it to be sent to the Governor’s desk.
The House is expected to take up the funding bill again Friday. Republican House Speaker Davy Carter has said that the chamber will continue voting until it is passed.
Members have said that the House likely has the necessary 75 votes to renew the private option, according to Arkansas Times.